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Spectrum Holobyte, Inc.

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Spectrum HoloByte Inc. was founded in 1982 and incorporated in 1983 in the state of Colorado. After merging with Nexa Corporation in 1987, the company moved its headquarters to Alameda, California. The company eventually employed over 325 people and became successful in the development of games for the PC home computer. Their best selling games were the Falcon fighter-plane flight simulations.

In 1991 Spectrum HoloByte was listed as a division of Sphere, Inc. Sphere's name was changed to Spectrum Holobyte in September 1992.

The company was publicly held and traded on the NASDAQ National Market exchange under the symbol SBYT. Its five development studios were located in Alameda, California; Hunt Valley, Maryland; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; and Chipping Sodbury, England. They also had a division in Germany, Spectrum Holobyte GmbH.

In 1993 the company acquired MicroProse, and then SimTex Inc. in 1995. In 1996, all of its products were consolidated underneath the MicroProse banner. Spectrum HoloByte Japan was one of their subsidiaries and eventually became MicroProse Japan K.K. Their Chipping Sodbury, England, subsidiary became MicroProse Ltd. (aka MicroProse-Spectrum HoloByte UK-Europe) and their German division was renamed MicroProse-Spectrum Holobyte GmbH.

The remnants of Spectrum HoloByte disappeared completely when MicroProse merged with Hasbro Interactive in 1998, and their headquarters and studio in Alameda, California, closed in 1999.

59 Games Released (1984 - 1996)

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Top Gun: Fire at Will! (1996 on DOS, PlayStation, Macintosh)
Star Trek: The Next Generation - "A Final Unity" (1995 on DOS, Macintosh)
Absolute Zero (1995 on DOS, Macintosh)
ClockWerx (1995 on Windows, Macintosh)
Curse of Dragor (1995 on Macintosh)
Grand Prix Manager (1995 on Windows 3.x)
Knight Moves (1995 on Windows)
Lords of Midnight (1995 on DOS)
Perfect Partner Bridge (1995 on Macintosh, Windows 3.x)
Qwirks (1995 on Windows 3.x, Windows, Macintosh)
Reflux: Issue.01 - "The Becoming" (1995 on Windows 3.x, Macintosh)
Reflux: Issue.02 - "The Threshold" (1995 on Windows 3.x)
Star Trek: The Next Generation - "A Final Unity" (Collector's Edition) (1995 on Windows)
WildSnake (1994 on Game Boy, SNES)
Pete Sampras Tennis (1994 on Genesis, Game Gear)
BreakThru! (1994 on Windows 3.x, PlayStation, Game Boy...)
Falcon Gold (1994 on DOS, Windows)
Gazillionaire (1994 on Windows, Windows 3.x, Macintosh)
Out of the Sun (1994 on Macintosh)
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Future's Past (1994 on SNES, Genesis)

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The company enters into an Affiliate Label relationship to distribute the products of Domark Software.


Acquired MicroProse.


SPHERE, INC. was formed with the merger of Spectrum HoloByte and Nexa Corporation.

January 1984

They began business, co-founded by Phillip Adam, who served as President until Dec. 1990.

November 1st, 1983

Company was incorporated as a computer software publishing company specializing in graphics.

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Company information in November 1996:

MicroProse-Spectrum HoloByte-USA

2490 Mariner Square Loop

Alameda, CA 94501

Phone: (510) 522-1164

Fax: (510) 522-9357 FAX

Former website address: www.holobyte.com

Company location and contact information (1991):

Spectrum Holobyte

A division of Sphere, Inc.

2061 Challenger Drive

Alameda, California 94501


Phone: (510) 522-1164

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